Our Mission

We exist to evolve the conscious practice of leadership, to steward the planet, and awaken us all to our inherent unity.

Our Story

At Leadership Circle, we believe every leader is capable of becoming extraordinary. We’ve designed our solutions to help leaders thrive and re-invent themselves and their organizations amid volatile, ever-changing conditions. Our vertical leadership development platform in the LeadTech® space is the first of its kind. We’ve built our assessments upon the Universal Model of Leadership™ which integrated the field of leadership. Our global community of leadership coaches and consultants are best-in-class. All orchestrated to help individual leaders, teams, and organizations lead effectively around the globe.

Outstanding organizational leadership scales the capacity and capability of an organization to create outcomes that matter most – to create its desired, optimal future.

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The Universal Model of Leadership™ is the backbone of all our assessments. The Universal Model of Leadership integrates the best theory and research on leadership development. The science behind it magnifies why leaders do what they do and how they can transform. When leaders transform, so do organizations. Better leadership translates into better business results and measurable impacts on organizations and individual leaders’ lives.

Bob Anderson & Bill Adams

Our Global Presence

Our Team

Leadership Team

Bill Adams

Chief Executive Officer | Co-Founder

Bob Anderson

Chief Knowledge Officer | Co-Founder

Betsy Leatherman

Global President of Consulting Services

Amy Felix-Reese

Chief Operating Officer

Cindy Adams

Global President and Chief Learning Officer – Cornerstone

Aaronde Seckou Creighton

Chief Diversity Officer

Jud Kennedy

CMO | Head of Strategy

Matt Ingersole

Chief Information Officer

Robert Mims

Chief Technology Officer

Stephen Pugh

Chief Commercial Officer

Russ Olsen

Chief Financial Officer

Tracy Thomas-Roberts

VP, Client Partner

Tom Harker

Global Vice President Channel Partnerships

Andrew Parker

VP of Marketing

Michael O’Connor

VP of Global Community

Carolina Páez

Managing Director, Europe & LATAM

Adelle Richards

Managing Director of APAC – Product Certification and Community

Mark Burrell

Mark Burrell

Managing Director of APAC – Consulting and Coaching

Delivery Team

Bill Adams

Chief Executive Officer | Co-Founder

Betsy Leatherman

Global President of Consulting Services

Amy Felix-Reese

Chief Operating Officer

Aaronde Seckou Creighton

Chief Diversity Officer

Suzanne Kietselaer

Global Solutions Lead, Enterprise Coaching & Principal

Paul Byrne

Paul Byrne

Principal

David Spach

Principal

Steve Athey

Steve Athey

Principal

Dave Schrader, PhD

Principal

Mark Burrell

Mark Burrell

Managing Director of APAC

Jake Jacobs

Principal

Tyson Andrus

Tyson Andrus

Associate Principal

Karen Michiels

Principal, Global Client Solutions

Regional Partners

Carolina Páez

Managing Director, Europe & LATAM

Adelle Richards

Managing Director of APAC – Product Certification and Community

Mark Burrell

Mark Burrell

Managing Director of APAC – Consulting and Coaching

Gaurav Arora

Gaurav Arora

India Regional Partner

Johan Van Zijl

South Africa Regional Partner

Sammy Njoroge

Sammy Njoroge

LC East Africa Representative

Vadik Rosenblit

Vadik Rosenblit

Israel Country Director

Ghida Barakat

MENA Interim Regional Director

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Bill Adams

Bill Adams

Chief Executive Officer | Co-Founder

Bill loves people and is passionate about relationships, leadership, and business. He is a serial entrepreneur who has started, owned and sold multiple businesses. As a founder and CEO of Leadership Circle, a premier leadership consulting firm, Bill brings thirty years of experience to his clients – the CEOs of major Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, and private equity start-ups. In addition, Bill recently co- authored Mastering Leadership, An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results and Scaling Leadership, Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most. As a trusted advisor, teacher, consultant, and coach, he works with CEOs and top teams in fulfilling the promise of leadership.

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Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson

Chief Knowledge Officer | Co-Founder

Bob has dedicated his career to exploring the intersections between leadership and personal mastery, and between competence and consciousness. The creator and author of The Leadership Circle Profile, an integrated and innovative leadership assessment tool, Bob is a true pioneer in the field of leadership development and research. As a founder of Leadership Circle, Bob lends his expertise to developing practitioners around the globe to carry on the powerful work derived from the tools and offerings these two companies provide to leaders. In addition, Bob recently co-authored Mastering Leadership, An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results and Scaling Leadership, Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most.

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Betsy Leatherman

Betsy Leatherman

Global President of Consulting Services

Betsy brings deep passion, intuition, and an intense drive for success to Leadership Circle’s business and clients. In her role as President of Leadership Circle Consulting Services, Betsy derives great pleasure from helping executives understand their executive assessment in meaningful ways that impact how their teams function and their business grow. She is a driving force behind helping our clients become more effective leaders so that they may make the most courageous choices and decisions that inspire and engage the members of the organizations they lead and the customers they serve.

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Suzanne Kietselaer

Suzanne Kietselaer

Global Solutions Lead, Enterprise Coaching & Principal

Suzanne Kietselaer is an acknowledged global specialist in adult development and executive coaching and an experienced executive coach and senior leadership facilitator, facilitating transformation with leaders, leadership teams and organizations. 

She has over 15 years of experience as a facilitator and coach and she worked at various international coaching and training companies. She fulfilled a number of leadership roles herself, most recently as VP of Coaching at a Dutch-based global training and coaching firm, where she has built a coaching department of >100 coaches executing more than 15.000 hours of coaching per year

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Cindy Adams

Global President and Chief Learning Officer – Cornerstone

Cynthia Adams is Global President of Cornerstone.  She leads our global leadership teams initiatives focused on transformational change, systems perspective, and alignment.  Particularly important to her is advancing leadership Creative capacity and expression, organizational scale, and ensuring the capability to fulfill upon purpose and vision for evolving conscious leadership worldwide. Cindy combines a deep understanding of leadership development, whole systems change, adult development, and business process performance to guide outcomes that matter, engagement, adaptive capacity, and fulfillment. As a fellow traveler on the leader’s path, both personally and professionally, she is intimately familiar with the challenges that leaders face throughout their careers and the adaptive challenge inherent in meeting today’s turbulent conditions. As a founding partner and leader, Cindy has worked with leaders from a wide array of businesses and industries.

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Amy Felix-Reese

Chief Operating Officer

As a coach and leadership consultant, Amy Felix-Reese brings almost 30 years of practical leadership and team system experience to her clients. She works with executives to engage a full-system approach through awareness, clarity, alignment, and conscious choice as they navigate the complexities of leadership. Her approach has produced highly productive leaders and sustainable business performance. Amy excels at coaching intact leadership teams who are in transition, stuck, or wanting to ‘up their game’ to thrive. Her training and experience help teams move from closed, protective conversations to co-creative, expansive results. She works with individual leaders and the teams they serve to deepen their grounding and scale leadership through the organization.

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Aaronde Creighton

Aaronde Seckou Creighton

Chief Diversity Officer

Aaronde Seckou Creighton is the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) of The Leadership Circle. As CDO, he creates our strategic approach to Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (JEDI-B) and supports our community of practitioners in JEDI-B work. Additionally, Aaronde ensures we continue to do our own development within the organization in JEDI-B. He also serves as an Account Lead for our global clients, ensuring that the delivery of our services to clients meets the high expectations that the industry has come to expect from our company. In addition to these responsibilities, Aaronde continues to serve our clients directly as a consultant, executive coach and facilitator.

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Jud Kennedy

CMO | Head of Strategy

Jud is a passionate marketing leader with unrelenting optimism. He’s honed his marketing craft at advertising agencies on Madison Avenue and technology companies on Utah’s Silicon Slopes. From big brands–Marriott, Nike, H&M, Google, and others–to startups, Jud has continually shown a keen ability to get the right message in front of the right people … at the right time.

Jud and his wife are raising three amazing little kids, and when he can scrounge up some free time, he loves to fly-fish, golf, cook (and eat!), read, play basketball, and travel.

Matt Ingersole

Matt Ingersole

Chief Information Officer
Russ Olsen

Russ Olsen

Chief Financial Officer

Russ is passionate about leadership development and providing the back office support, including data analytics and business process evaluation, that helps make that happen.

Russ received his Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU). While attending BYU, Russ worked as a research assistant where he studied a broad range of complex accounting topics and assisted in writing a book on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

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Stephen Pugh

Stephen Pugh

Chief Commercial Officer

Transformational executive relied upon to craft integrated strategies that deliver measurable results on a global scale. Leads high-performing teams, using a targeted process to create repeatable success in all phases of sales, market penetration and operations. Casts vision for organizational structure, driving lean and efficient revenue production. Specializes in international sales and operations, fostering strategic business relationships with the world’s largest and most recognized brands. Experienced working in-country across several continents.

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Tom Harker

Tom Harker

Global Vice President Channel Partnerships

Tom is deeply fascinated by the interconnections (relationships, processes, and policies) that shape
our thoughts, actions, and behavior. As a systemic thinker, he strives to interpret the efficiency of
individual processes, policies, and personalities within a system while simultaneously tracking their outward influence on/by the system.

With his systemic mindset, Tom is adept at managing the efficiency and performance of a complex channel partner strategy in the context of the firm’s overarching business objective. Spanning many countries and cultures (and time zones!), he brings a wealth of experience managing channel sales and operations globally. He brings our offerings to life for this diverse community, ensuring confidence as they incorporate our programs into their individual business strategies. His breadth of global indirect operational experience adds to his appreciation of the wider challenges of running a successful consultancy, and this in turn allows him to engage more comprehensively with strategic partners, which leads to mutual success.

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Tracy Thomas-Roberts

Vice President, Client Partner

For the past 25 years, Tracy has embarked on a personal and professional journey committed to the idea of the democratization of exceptional and inclusive leadership founded upon the principles of empathy, humility, authenticity, and mutual respect.  Early in her career, Tracy worked as a Vice President for Right Management Consultants where she successfully managed global clients across the public, private and nonprofit sectors focused on providing career consulting, outplacement, executive coaching, assessment services anchored in leadership development initiatives for both the individual and the organization.  This experience positioned her well for continued success at Skillsoft as a Custom e-learning Designs Solutions Architect and Consultant working strategically in support of public sector clients. Tracy then parlayed that experience into leading the Government Solutions practice at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) for over 12 years reigniting her passion into the development of customized leadership development programs, executive coaching, individual and organizational assessment services, and team effectiveness engagements.  In her role at CCL, Tracy not only managed public sector clients from the civilian, military, and intelligence arenas, but she also successfully managed the leadership development initiatives of the largest defense contractors in the world, thus bringing the most innovative best practices from both the private and public sectors to her client engagements. In joining the esteemed professionals at Leadership Circle, Tracy has both realized and embraced the mission of the organization and its deep commitment to providing the tools to empower leaders to achieve their highest potential in service of inherent global unity and the upliftment of social consciousness.

Tracy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia in English and French.  She continued her studies at the University of Maryland where she completed a Master’s Degree in International Management and Finance and a MBA in Global Business. Tracy is an alumnus of the Horatio Association, where she mentors and coaches disadvantaged college-bound youth across the United States.  She is also a mentor in the Global Give Back Circle, a mentorship program sponsored by Microsoft, KPMG and the Clinton Global Initiative designed to empower young girls in Kenya and regularly participates alongside her children in a myriad of community service programs to include So Others Might Eat (SOME), Martha’s Table, Dress for Success and the Washington Interfaith Network in service of the underprivileged in the Washington, DC area community.

Tracy is the proud mother of three wonderful children – Tatiana, 28, Trystan, 20 and TJ, 17– who are unequivocally the apples of her eye and a very precocious, 10-year-old stepdaughter, Skylar.  In addition to her passion for mentoring young girls, Tracy is a fitness instructor, die-hard sports fan, and an avid reader.  In her free time, you can find Tracy ruck marching with her husband on hiking trails in the Washington, DC area, cheering tirelessly for the NY Giants, or traveling with her family to discover the most beautiful beaches around the world.

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David Parks

Vice President, Client Partner

David brings a wealth of experience to helping clients implement world-class leadership development and coaching strategies. He is passionate about deploying creative and lasting approaches to leadership development that drive both behavioral and business results.

Before joining Leadership Circle, David was with Bluepoint Leadership Development and the Tom Peters Company. He has 25 years of experience in leadership development and ten years of management experience in the United Kingdom with Marks and Spencer, FFI, and Omnicom. He studied business at the University of Northumbria and has a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) from Teesside University Business School. He completed Seth Godin’s alt MBA program in 2020 and Accelerating Coaching Excellence (ACE) with Coaching.com in 2022.

David resides with his wife and two children in Mill Valley, CA. Outside of work, you’ll likely find him riding a bike, swimming in the bay, or enjoying the beautiful trails in Marin.

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Andrew Parker

VP Marketing

Andrew has built his career and his life in creativity. He holds bachelor’s degrees from BYU in Music and Computing and Information Systems along with an MBA from the University of Utah. He is an accomplished marketing leader, strategist, and digital marketing thought leader with over 25 years of experience. He has created wildly successful campaigns for the largest brands in the world, including The Walt Disney Company, Apple Computers, Target Stores, and Ann Taylor Fashion. He is also an accomplished writer with work published in the NY Times and Harvard Business Review. Andrew is an adjunct professor of Marketing at Ensign College and has created several courses for the college. He frequently writes about and speaks on digital marketing and is a 2x Adobe Revvie Award winner for his co-leadership of the Marketo User Group in Salt Lake City.

In his spare time, Andrew and his wife sing with the internationally renowned Salt Lake Vocal Artists. They also are raising four amazing kids, and on occasion, Andrew likes to read, watch Star Trek and play video games.

Michael O'Connor

Michael O’Connor

VP of Global Community

Mike O’Connor is in the business of change. He brings more than 25 years of experience in supporting client organizations and has been a trusted advisor to dynamic leaders who are committed to making a difference. Mike activates leaders to create effective, impactful, and powerful business and leadership results. He is committed to and passionate about helping people realize and maximize their full potential. Throughout his career, Mike has held numerous roles, including: Training and Development Manager, Executive Coach, Instructional Designer, Team Facilitator, and Consultant and Business Development Manager. He also has more than 20 years of experience as a Senior Consultant for Development Dimensions International (DDI). At The Leadership Circle, Mike has worked with mid to senior leaders as an executive coach and developer for companies to include Leadership Circle Certification, and has been involved in the certification of more than 1000 LCP certified coaches.

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Robert Mims

Chief Technology Officer

Robert Mims is a revered technologist. His academic foundation is rooted in Technology and business having achieved a Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with emphasis in Software and Database Development. In the realm of innovation, Robert co-invented patented process and technology in the domain of security, notably for the administration and protection of data accessible by mobile devices. However, what truly sets Robert apart is the profound impact he has on those who collaborate with him. Colleagues credit him as an individual of unparalleled standards in both his technical prowess and his interpersonal interactions. Patient, empathetic, and fiercely passionate, Robert leads by example, always willing to roll up his sleeves and dive into challenges. His mentorship is cherished, and his leadership style, which is rooted in merit and kindness, inspires others to follow.

Carolina Páez

Carolina Páez

Managing Director of Europe & LATAM

Carolina is a Leadership Development Consultant and a Master Certified Coach, committed to the evolution, transformation and effectiveness of leadership, especially in Latin America, the region she is passionate for. With more than 4.400 hours of coaching, she has had 25 years of extensive experience with executives and organizations, multinationals and middle-size companies. 

She had worked with Leadership Circle as a mentor and coach to our client practitioners, to ensure they gain mastery in using the tools of the Leadership Circle in their execution of leadership development and team facilitation within our client organizations. In Latin America, Carolina has worked with leaders of companies such as: SONY, United Nations, Coca-Cola, 3M, IBM, Tetrapak, Citibank, BBVA, BNP Paribas, Roche, Colitalia, BMI, Terpel, Scherdel, Nexe, Hocol, Henkel, among others. 

Carolina has ALSO been a member of Leadership Circle Faculty in Latin America as a pioneer and facilitator of the certification program, and mentor of the community of consultants of Leadership Circle in the region.

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Adelle Richards

Adelle Richards

Managing Director of APAC – Product Certification and Community

Since the first Certification in Sydney in July 2008, it has been Adelle’s delight to have played a pivotal role in bringing The Leadership Circle and Full Circle Group to the Asia Pacific region. Adelle’s strength is in being able to move from strategy into action. Another strength is to know and understand the macro and micro operational systems in order to achieve operational excellence. What she finds deeply motivating is connecting to and being in service of the ever-growing global TLC Community of Certified Practitioners, their clients, and the FCG client base.

Mark Burrell

Mark Burrell

Managing Director of APAC – Consulting and Coaching

Mark is a trusted C-level coach and mentor to executive teams. He is renowned for his ability to facilitate breakthroughs in team dialogue and dynamics and personal insights that support growth. He brings human-centered curiosity about the strategic challenges being faced, a focus on the systemic opportunity to cultivate renewal and growth, and a deep understanding of generative dialogue practices. 

He is Vice President Consulting at the Leadership Circle/Full Circle Group Asia Pacific, where he leads a team of experts in top team performance and leadership coaching. He’s also co-founder of Larapinta Connect which is a round table for business leaders that combines the exploration of purpose, meaning, and legacy with the goal of building stronger connections between business and indigenous Australia.

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Paul Byrne

Paul Byrne

Principal

Paul excels at working with organizations in high-growth entrepreneurial environments, as well as large global companies seeking to foster cultures of innovation and operational agility. Having run businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia, Paul brings a global context and on-the-ground experience leading multinational teams. As a leadership consultant, Paul has coached executive teams at organizations such as: Microsoft, Rolls Royce, RWE AG, Booz&Co, Motorolla, Cisco, IBM, Accenture, Heineken, nPower, Gartner, Cargill, and Huawei. He blends a systemic approach to organizational change with a unique ability to engage senior leaders in deeply transformational conversations.

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David Spach

David Spach

Principal

Executives who work with David find themselves leading more effectively. They gain a business advantage by better applying time, energy, and organizational resources. David helps leaders build on their natural strengths, overcome situational barriers, accelerate their development, and lead through complexity. He’s particularly experienced with challenging business transformations – the kind that require leaders and organizations to adapt.

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Steve Athey

Steve Athey

Principal

Steve combines a profound curiosity about life with a deep belief in the inherent potential of people. With an integrated approach to long term development he specializes in helping executives and their teams reach their full performance potential. As a master coach, Steve is committed to helping his clients maximize not only their contribution, but their personal experience of leadership.

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Dave Schrader

Dave Schrader, PhD

Principal

Dave is a seasoned leadership development consultant with more than 25 years of experience supporting mid-level and senior leaders as they increase the quality of their engagement where it counts the most for strategic success.

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Karen Michaels

Karen Michiels

Principal, Global Client Solutions
Tyson Andrus

Tyson Andrus

Associate Principal

Tyson is a Senior Consultant with experience supporting senior and mid-level leaders as they articulate and implement strategy, develop leadership capability, improve business performance, and build organizational capability and capacity. Tyson is skilled in helping leaders build on their natural strengths, overcome challenges, accelerate their development, and lead through complexity.

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Jake Jacobs

Practice Lead, Change and Transformation

Jake works from an uncommon calm amidst the complex and often chaotic environments that are part and parcel of all big organizational change projects.  He leads the company’s Transformational Change Practice, partnering with leaders and the organizations they engage in co-creating successful, sustained futures.  He derives his greatest satisfaction from helping people discover the power and possibilities they hold in crafting ways to achieve their full potential.  He sees the core of his work as unleashing the energy and full commitment of an organization to achieving its preferred future.

Gaurav Arora

Gaurav Arora

India Regional Partner

Gaurav has a decade of rich experience in the professional services industry as a Facilitator, Coach, and Speaker, with a strong track record of building high-performing leadership teams. As a facilitator, he has been recognized for creating stimulating and interactive learning environments, encouraging participation and individual creativity. As an Executive Coach, he works to dismantle barriers that come up at the workplace for leaders and help them in fulfilling their intent. A storyteller by heart, he leverages various methodologies and techniques to put his point across and create the breakthrough.

Ontology has influenced his work in a big way and he loves designing and delivering long term interventions using visual facilitation, storytelling, and experiential learning activities. Gaurav’s work is aligned with some of his highest values of authenticity, creativity, collaboration, continuous learning, and innovation.

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Johan Van Zijl

Johan Van Zijl

South Africa Regional Partner

Johan is a registered Psychologist (HPCSA) and Executive Coach with 35 years of experience in human and organizational potential assessment and development. My areas of competence include organisational development, change management, leadership development, team development, coaching and organisational culture transformation, human potential assessment.

For the past 15 years, his primary focus has been Leadership Development. His passion is to contribute to the growth and evolvement of leaders, teams and organizations to new levels of competence, for them to successfully navigate the complexity of the future. Johan is specifically interested in the development of collective organizational leadership capacity. Collective leader capabilities that not only understand internal organizational issues but also quickly understand and adapt to changing external conditions. To prepare leaders to be ready and able to deal with future challenges.

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Sammy Njoroge

Sammy Njoroge

LC East Africa Representative

Sammy is passionate about developing leaders from the inside out. As a leadership student and researcher, he stumbled into the Leadership Circle Profile online while doing his doctoral dissertation in 2014 and immediately signed up for the certifications in South Africa (2015) and Washington DC (2016).

Sammy is very excited to have pioneered Leadership Circle in East Africa when 17 coaches were certified in 2018. He has co-facilitated certifications in Atlanta and Nairobi and is part of the TLC Global Faculty Team.

Sammy delights in supporting the certified practitioners and evolving the conscious practice of leadership in East Africa.

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Vadik Rosenblit

Vadik Rosenblit

Israel Country Director

Vadik is an experienced executive coach and transformation consultant. He currently holds a role as Israel Country Director at Leadership Circle. Vadik has a special ability in helping people, teams, and organizations to move forward in their journey to evolve and be the best version of themselves. He does it with a combination of quick understanding of the current situation, building deep trust, and, without wasting time, working together to achieve well-defined goals.

Vadik Rosenblit is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, an Executive Coach, a group facilitator, and a senior Organizational Consultant. Vadik holds a BA degree with honor from Tel-Aviv University in Psychology and has also graduated his master’s in Clinical Psychology from Bar-Ilan University with honor. Vadik is a certified coach of Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching and is a certified Leadership Circle coach.

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Ghida Barakat

MENA Interim Regional Director

Ghida is an experienced certified executive and team coach, facilitator, trainer, and assessor. She works with immense passion and professionalism to support executives and leaders in pursuit of their personal growth, career development and leadership advancement. She has delivered over 850 registered hours of individual and team coaching.

Ghida’s purpose is to evoke transformation in individuals and teams, facilitate growth, and create people leaders at all levels of the organization. She is passionate about leveraging the wisdom, talent, and power of people and teams to manifest potential, optimize performance and create a positive transformation. Her approach involves challenging leaders and organizations beyond the limits they have defined for themselves, to achieve exceptional levels of performance.

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